Visit of USAID Global Youth Coordinator to YOLO Filming Site, 3rd February, 2017

The National Population Council (NPC) in collaboration with its partners, the Palladium Group, Communicate for Health (FHI 360) and USAID organized a visit to the set of the YOLO television drama series   at the Adenta SSNIT Flats area. The purpose of the visit was to afford the USAID Global Youth Coordinator Mr Mike McCabe the opportunity to familiarize himself with the TV drama serial; assess the extent of how sexual Reproductive health has been incorporated into the YOLO TV Series and how USAID Ghana is managing the funds allocated to them.

In attendance were staff of NPC, Ms Joyce Amedoe. Ms Mary Gyasi and Ms Naomi Osei. Also in attendance were Mrs Serwaa Owusu Ansah (Fhi 360), Ms. Salamatu Futa (USAID), Mr. Jacob Larbi (The Palladium Group), the production team from Farm House and some key members of the YOLO cast.

Mr Mike McCabe, in his address to the audience at the site, indicated that there was the need to build the skills of young people and create opportunities for them to enhance their reproductive health wellbeing. He added that adolescence was a period of transition and there was the need for innovative campaigns like the YOLO TV Series which provides the platform for information sharing on reproductive health issues, hygiene and behaviour change.

An interactive session between Mr McCabe and the cast yielded feedback with majority of the cast attesting to the fact that their knowledge on ARH had improved as well as their confidence in speaking about ARH issues